By Rose Adams
To the dog pound!
Police have cuffed the notorious ruff-ian who allegedly stabbed a dog in Fort Greene Park on Feb. 20, according to authorities.
Prosecutors charged the accused canine knifer, 61-year-old Steven Horn, on March 4 for aggravated animal cruelty, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and injuring an animal, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
The arrest came almost two weeks after Horn, a Clinton Hill resident, stabbed a 3-year-old Great Dane and Bernese Mountain Dog mix named Bandit while walking his furry companion at the greenspace during off-leash hours.
Bandit’s owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said that Horn whipped out a pocket knife after Bandit began to approach his dog, a Basenji named Rex, that Bandit had met before.
The two dogs have gotten territorial and aggressive, but have never harmed each other, according to Bandit’s owner, who said he had agreed to keep Bandit away from Rex at Horn’s request. Bandit has never hurt any dogs or humans, the owner said.
But during off-leash hours before 9 am on Feb. 20, Bandit trotted up to Horn and his partner, who was with the Basenji. Bandit’s owner said he signaled to Horn that he would move Bandit away, and was about to restrain Bandit when Horn allegedly took out a pocket knife and stuck it into Bandit’s left side.